Volunteers will 1) help the nature farming (cultivation, etc.) and/ or 2) plant cherry seedlings with the local people for the whole day of 14th and optionally in the 13th morning. They will also join and help the ceremony in the 13th afternoon in the city center by setting up/ cleaning up and possibly also presenting their cultures and workcamp projects in their countries!
Public hall. Meals (attention: only vegan food is possible!) will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is necessary.
Shinko district has about 2,000 inhabitants and is located in the south west of Nagano city, in the north east of Nagano prefecture. The climate is colder than low land especially in the evening and morning. Rice and apples farming is the main industry.
This workcamp has been organized since 2016 with the local group, coordinated by the ex. Director of NICE who lives here since 2015. Shinko district is surrounded by the mountains and has serious ongoing depopulation and aging, that is a common issue in most of the country sides (or even the whole country!) of Japan. The workcamps here have been working for nature farming, creating a trail in the mountain, helping to run some classes in the primary school and some other community work. And it’s been agreed to start up the regional Workcamp Center with NICE to promote workcamps and IVS in the whole Nagano prefecture, so this 4 days workcamp is organized together with its opening ceremony!
High motivation to help and join the work. Volunteers need to accept and enjoy vegan food.
Other activities: Exchange party with some local people, optional sightseeing in the Nagano city in the 13th morning